What a difference a week makes! Even half a week. I'm not sure if it is the organicide, the persistence in removing the beetles and plopping them into soapy water, or the neighbor's questionable decision to put up beetle bag-traps on their mailbox (luring all the beetles into THEIR yard onto THEIR tree) - whatever it is, they seem to have greatly diminished in number. Maybe I shouldn't question it and just be grateful!
The garden has been happy for the thunderstorms. The squash is sprawling, the tomatoes are growing tall, the beans are starting to pop out, and the corn is getting taller! Soon it will be time to plant pumpkins!
This is the harvest I took from the garden today. The strawberries have dropped off, but these were the first tomatoes, and wow were they amazing - sweet and full of flavorful, with that taste that can only come from something grown in the sun. I ended up throwing out the cauliflower because I had let it grow too long and it was woody. The cabbages were hit and miss - one of them had too many worm/slug/beetle holes to really be salvageable but the one in the picture was turned into a gratin dish that can be seen over on the cooking blog. I could use more cabbage recipes that are meat free but not the weight-loss soup or coleslaw.